The 2013 NFL Draft is just around the corner and many teams are putting some final touches on their draft boards.
The Chicago Bears will be working with only five picks after they traded away two third round selections (2012, 2013) for former Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall last off-season.
They also traded their seventh round selection for Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Brian Price, who was released prior to the start of the 2012 season.
So what should we expect from general manager Phil Emery in his second draft?
Regarding Emery’s first draft calling the shots, here’s how it turned out:
WR Alshon Jeffery will likely be a big-time performer this season in his second-year. First round selection DE Shea McClellin will be asked to be more than a rotational guy. S Brandon Hardin will be looking to stay healthy and get on the field, while Evan Rodriguez will try to his expand his minimal role. The 2012 NFL Draft for the Bears and Emery is still being graded. But Jeffery and McClellin certainly have tons of potential.
Round One, No. 20: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
If the Bears don’t trade down in the first round they will be looking to draft value at No. 20. So why not take a solid defensive tackle in Sylvester Williams? Williams had 20.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks over his final two seasons at North Carolina. He has the ability to be a starting nose tackle in the NFL. With Henry Melton set to be a free agent after this season, the Bears are left with Stephen Paea, Nate Collins and Andre Fluellen at the position. Picking Williams would add solid depth and potential. He could be a perfect fit for this Bears defense. However he will turn 24 during the 2013 NFL season. He would be a nice pickup by the Bears who need some depth at the defensive tackle position.
Other options: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia, Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington, Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Round Two, No. 20: Barrett Jones, C/G, Alabama
This would be great pickup for the Bears in the second round. Barrett Jones has the ability to play any position on the offensive line and that’s something the Bears’ offensive line needs, versatility. With the additions of LT Jermon Bushrod and LG Matt Slauson, the Bears offensive line has clearly added some solid veteran experience. But the other side of the line is iffy at best. Center Roberto Garza enters the last year of his contract and wasn’t very effective in 2012. Gabe Carimi will play right guard despite being drafted as a tackle two seasons ago and J’Marcus Webb will man the right side. You have to like what Jones brings to the table. He played through a serious Lisfranic injury in his left foot in the SEC Championship and BCS National Championship Game. He would compete right away for a starting job and could be a fixture on this line for years to come.
Other options: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State, D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston, Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
Round Four, No. 20: B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
Believe it or not cornerback is a big need for the Bears this season. Charles Tillman (32), Tim Jennings (29) and Kelvin Hayden (29) are all free agents next off-season plus there not getting any younger. Webb, 5’10” has average height, but could learn from 5’8″ Tim Jennings who led the NFL in interceptions (9) in 2012. He had 11 interceptions and 30 pass deflections in his collegiate career. He has strong hands and isn’t afraid to take chances. He needs to get stronger as he moves into the NFL, but he certainly has plenty of athleticism and potential to be a solid selection in the fourth round. If WR/KR Marquise Goodwin from Texas is gone expect the Bears to take a shot on the under-the-radar Webb out of William & Mary.
Other options: Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas, Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Round Five, No. 20: Josh Boyce, WR, TCU
Boyce would be another solid receiving option for Jay Cutler and the Bears’ offense. With Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Earl Bennett locked in as the top three receivers, the Bears need more depth at the position. Eric Weems and Devin Hester will be used almost exclusively on special teams in 2013. TE Martellus Bennett, who signed with the team during the first week of free agency will be looked upon to stretch the field as well as RB Matt Forte. It wouldn’t hurt to add some athleticism to the receiving core. The 5’11” Boyce added 161 receptions for 2,535 yards and 22 touchdowns in his three seasons at TCU. He had 998 yards and nine touchdowns in his sophomore season and 891 yards and seven touchdowns in his junior season. He reeled in six catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns in a road win over West Virginia last season.
Other options: A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State, Kevin Reddick, LB, UNC, Reid Fragel, T, Ohio State.
Round Six, No. 20: Michael Mauti, ILB, Penn State
The Bears need some young potential at linebacker considering Lance Briggs, D.J. Williams and James Anderson are all 29 or older. Mauti has dropped this far into the draft because of his injury history. He suffered season-ending ACL injuries in his left knee in his final two seasons at Penn State. He is a very smart and physical player who can play middle and strongside linebacker. He will likely be held out until training camp rolls around, but he could be a steal late in the draft for the Bears if he stays healthy. He is a leader on and off the field something the Bears would love to have in the future with Brian Urlacher officially gone.
Other options: Sean Renfree, QB, Duke, Malliciah Goodman, DE/DT, Clemson, Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech
What are your thoughts on the Bears Backer Mock Draft 1.0? Would you be happy if this was how Phil Emery and Co. selected in the 2013 NFL Draft? What picks if any do you agree with, which picks do you not agree with?